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Boston Marathon - Japanese Results

by Brett Larner

All three pro Japanese runners at the 117th Boston Marathon ran well, both Yuka Yano (Canon AC Kyushu) and Manami Kanitanida (Team Hitachi) recording PBs after leading through the lazy early pace in the women's race and Tomohiro Tanigawa (Team Konica Minolta) finishing 13th in his debut.  More importantly, all three and their supporters were confirmed safe following the finish line bombings. I had already finished long before the explosions but had just left the Copley Square area a few minutes beforehand and was on the 34th floor of a nearby hotel and could hear them even from there.  My condolences to the victims and their families.

117th Boston Marathon
Boston, 4/15/13
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Men
1. Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) - 2:10:22
2. Micah Kogo (Kenya) - 2:10:27
3. Gebregziabher Gebremariam (Ethiopia) - 2:10:28
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13. Tomohiro Tanigawa (Team Konica Minolta) - 2:16:57 - debut

Women
1. Rita Jeptoo (Kenya) - 2:26:25
2. Meseret Hailu (Ethiopia) - 2:26:58
3. Sharon Cherop (Kenya) - 2:27:01
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16. Yuka Yano (Canon AC Kyushu) - 2:35:46 - PB
19. Manami Kamitanida (Team Hitachi) - 2:38:21 - PB

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Comments

marathonmikey said…
Thanks for the update Brett. I ran and, like you, was not in the area when the explosions happened. We will move forward and run in honor of the victims of this senseless tragedy.

Keep up the great coverage. And congrats on your finish.

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